Reaching Out To Your Readers

At no other time in publishing history has there been an opportunity for authors to so easily connect with their current readers and find new ones around the world. This opportunity is your chance to engage your readers, and create awesome fans who love to buy your books. This is the power of the internet. […]

Do You Suffer from The Sideways Syndrome?

I remember teaching my son how to ride a bike when he was five. We took him down to the park, took the training wheels off, gave him some instruction and, eventually, taught him to ride a bike. Although it was hard for him at first, he quickly wanted us to stop holding the bike […]

How to Pitch a Radio or Podcast Interview


Part of being a published author is being available for interviews. While few authors actually get on NPR or even land a coveted three-minute interview on Good Morning America, there are many opportunities for you to be interviewed by radio stations or podcasters nationwide. There are over 1000 talk radio stations across the country–and even […]

Coach’s Note for June

A monthly note from me with tips, tools and time savers that make self publishing easier!

Anyone who has talked with me about self publishing knows they will hear about blogging in our conversation. Blogging is the best tool you have to continually connect with your readers new and old with new content and ideas. It keeps your relationship with your fans fresh…and if we’ve talked about blogging, we’ve also talked about the importance of images on your blog.

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Made with StockSnap and PicMonkey!

Today I have two great tools that make images easy and free—who doesn’t love easy and free!

The first is This is a great source for free photos to use on your blog. The photos themselves are masterpieces and will make any blog look so professional. If you like them be sure to share the love and post about them on social media. Remember, be sure to read the copyright agreement about how you can use the photos.

Next, you can use to edit your photos with fun features like text, borders and filters. This tool is so easy to use, and most of the features can be accessed for free. You can have fun with colors and textures…but remember not to go overboard! Beauty is usually something that is understated.

Do you like these tools? In the comments below tell me what you think!

A New Freebie for Action-Oriented Authors

stop guessing what to do next...

Self publishing can be an exciting experience. And by exciting I mean there are so many things going on, and the industry is changing all the time, and there are so many steps to the process, that it’s sometimes hard to figure out what to do next. When a writer finds out that I am […]

The Best Way to Promote Your Book

...and four ways to use that tool

One of the hardest things about being an independent publisher is promoting yourself. I was talking to a friend at lunch today, and she was telling me how amazed she was by what I do–that writing an email is hard enough for her. She couldn’t imagine how I not only write, but I help others […]